Buccaneers need to keep quarterback off the field in preseason

Ryan Griffin, Blaine Gabbert, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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The Buccaneers don’t need to see any more throws from Ryan Griffin during these key preseason reps. Other guys need a turn to show what they can do.

The Buccaneers game later tonight is not one that is going to feature a lot of familiar faces. The veterans should spend most of the game on the bench.

The team has made it clear that the veterans are going to see little action tonight; the right decision for a unit that has been struggling mightily with injuries over the past few weeks.

Instead of seeing guys play that have already been in plenty of live-game situations, the Buccaneers are going to instead get to see what a couple of newer guys can do.

At least, the Bucs should.

In an effort to see what the younger guys can do, namely quarterback Kyle Trask, the Buccaneers can’t afford to let Ryan Griffin dominate the reps on offense.

It feels like this happens almost every year. Griffin ends up playing half or more of a game after the other guys get their chance early on in the game. This usually ends up in a semi-decent box score that causes some fans to wonder why he isn’t getting a chance somewhere else.

That can’t happen again.

The box score doesn’t matter. Winning this game doesn’t matter. Tonight is about growth, and guys like Trask can’t show where they’re at if they are on the bench in favor of a guy who has been in this position dozens of times.

In all seriousness, Trask should play somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-70% of the offensive reps. Griffin should get a series at the very end.

It is nice having a guy like Ryan Griffin on the roster for the Buccaneers as a last-resort safety valve when needed, but Tampa already knows what he can do. Tonight is about finding out what some of the other players can do.

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